The John E. Cunningham Family


Front Row: Landon Little, Richard Little, John Cunningham, Nellie Cunningham, Emma D. (Leonard) Cunningham, Alva Little, Delila (Cunningham) Little

Back Row: Clyde Cunningham, Charles Freeman Cunningham, Jacob Washburn Cunningham, Sarah Cunningham, James Franklin Cunningham


BORN January 14, 1850 in Ritchie County, WV
PARENTS: Jacob Eli (s/o Adam & Mary) & Maria (Barker) Cunningham
MARRIED: November 1, 1844 to Emma DeElla Leonard
DIED: September 22, 1917 - Victim of an accidental shooting (See obit below).
BURIED: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasants County, WV


BORN: February 7, 1863 in Tyler County (at Shiloh), WV
PARENTS: Jacob Fordyce (born Greene Co PA) & *Elizabeth Ann (Craig) Leonard (b. Shiloh, Tyler Co., WV.)
*Elizabeth Ann Craig was the d/o John & Amy M. (Flesher) Craig. Elizabeth was the great-grandaughter of Henry Flesher who was one of the original settlers of Lewis Co., WV - Additional information about him can be found on the Lewis County Web page.
MARRIED: November 1, 1844 to John Eli Cunningham
DIED: March 1, 1944 in East Liverpool, OH
BURIED: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasants County, WV.

CHILDREN of John Eli and Emma DeElla Cunningham in picture:

Jacob Washington Cunningham, b. January 1886
Sarah Ann Cunningham, b. February 1887
Charles Freeman Cunningham, b. May 1888
James Franklin Cunningham, b. May 30, 1889
Clyde Cunningham, b. September 1894
Nellie Cunningham, b. July 1897

Others in Picture:

Delila (Cunningham) Little, d/o John Eli and first wife, Sarah Jane Shingleton.
Landon Little, husband of Delila, & s/o Thomas and Nancy J. (Tice) Litle
Richard Little, s/o Landon & Delila (Cunningham) Little.
Alva Little, s/o Landon & Delila (Cunningham) Little.

Additional genealogical research is being done by both Dianna Martin and Emydee Hannon on the CUNNINGHAM, LEONARD, & BARKER families.


John Cunningham Killed - Mistaken for a Squirrel

(Died 22 Sept 1917)

A deplorable tragedy occured Saturday morning in the vicinity of Federal, this county, when John E. Cunningham was accidently shot and almost instantly killed by A. A. Whaley, a neighbor. Thie victim was picking apples near the roadside while Whaley was trying to get a shot at a squirrel running on a fence. His eyes were momentarily taken from the squirrel, and when returned it had left the fence. He saw a limb bend just above where it was last seen, and thinking it had jumped up into the apple tree he fired. Instead of the object he shot at being the squirrel it proved to be Mr. Cunningham's hand reaching out to pull in the limb. The load of shot struck and penetrated the hand and passed on striking the temple of the unfortunate man killing him within thirty minutes.

Squire Carroll and others from this city went out in the afternoon, and held an inquest. The cause of his death was accidental.

The deceased was 67 years, 8 months and 8 days old, and is survived by his wife and family.

The funeral was held at the Powell church on Monday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. McCulty. The remains were laid to rest in the Powell graveyard.

Mr. Whaley is said to have been almost crazed for his part in the sad affair.

Picture & Obit submitted by Emydee Hannon, great-granddaughter of John Eli & Emma DeElla Cunningham, granddaughter of James Franklin Cunningham.

Picture owned by Dianna Martin, great-great-granddaughter of John Eli & Emma DeElla Cunningham, great-granddaughter of Nellie Cunningham.

St. Mary's Oracle
March 24, 1911

(father of John Eli Cunningham)

Jacob Cunningham was born February 1, 1826. After living to the ripe old age of 85 years and 17 days, he departed this life on February 17, 1911.

Brother Cunningham was a soldier of the cross for about 60 years, and was found ready to do his duty as a Christian. He set a Godly example before his family and his many friends. He was one among the early organizers of the Methodist Church at Sylvan Mills, which was one of the first M. P. Churches in Pleasants County.

He was the father of eight children, four of whom still survive him and four, as well as his companion, preceded him to the home beyond................filled his pew in Mt. Pleasant M. P. Church...............his remains laid to rest Sunday, February 19. 1911 in the Shingleton Family Cemetery.

Article graciously copied by hand by Gerald Bills from the Pleasants County Library collection.

(Emydee Hannon)